George B. Arfken
|Alma mater||Yale University, 1943|
|Carolyn Arfken née Dines|
|Fields||Theoretical physics, mathematical physics|
George Brown Arfken (born November 20, 1922) is an American theoretical physicist and the author of several mathematical physics texts. He was a physics professor at Miami University from 1952 to 1983 and the chair of the Miami University physics department 1956-1972. He is currently an emeritus professor at Miami University. Arfken is also an authority on Canadian philately.
Arfken married Carolyn Dines, a graduate of Westminster College of Pennsylvania, in 1949, and they raised three children together. She died in 1997. In 1998, Arfken endowed a scholar-in-residence program in her name at Miami University.
In retirement Arfken played a major role in developing the postal history of Canada for the 60-year period 1851-1911, following the pioneering work of Allan Steinhart. This was primarily a study of the postal rates, the routes the mail followed, and the postal markings on the envelopes and postcards. Arfken wrote one book on the United States' first postage-due stamps and then, with coauthors, nine books on the early Canadian postage and registration stamps. In addition there were over 250 articles in philatelic journals.